May 08, 2021
Reading and Literacy: Initial Licensure (PreK–12)
The program in Reading and Literacy enables candidates to be eligible to apply for Initial Licensure in Reading. Courses such as RDG 506 Emergence of Literacy, RDG 507 Writing Across the Curriculum, RDG 511 Children’s Literature, RDG 512 Diagnosis and Remediation, and RDG 508 Improvement of Reading Instruction provide background knowledge to the teacher to become a reading specialist. While practical experiences are part of each course format, pre-practicum experiences are included in RDG 512 Diagnosis and Remediation and RDG 508 Improvement of Reading Instruction and the 150-hour practicum and accompanying seminar to prepare the teacher through supervised classroom experiences to take on the role of a reading teacher for all grade levels. Each course addresses the relevant Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Professional Standards of Teachers.
Specific Admission Requirements
- Application form and fee;
- Statement of professional goals;
- Official transcripts of all academic work (at a minimum a Bachelor degree);
- Two letters of recommendation;
- A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL), and a copy of all Massachusetts teacher licenses;
- Official score on either the Miller Analogies Test or GRE.
Prerequisite: Candidates for this program must hold at least an initial license in a teaching field and have at least one year of teaching experience under that license.
Program of Study
RDG Courses are required for obtaining Initial Licensure as a Reading Specialist.
Total Degree Requirements: 36 cr.
To successfully complete the Reading and Literacy program for Initial Licensure
in Reading, students must successfully complete all of the required courses, fieldwork,
and the comprehensive examination. Students are also required to pass the
subject matter test in Reading prior to graduation and application for Initial
Licensure as reading specialists.
Other Options for Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Moderate Disabilities Candidates
The program of study for the Master of Education in Initial Licensure in Reading and Literacy is also approved
for obtaining eligibility for Professional Licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Moderate
Disabilities (Pre-K–8, 5–12). Initial Licensure in the respective field mentioned above is required for entry into